No More Tirades

First Things stands for something. Many things, actually. One of them is a commitment to reality-based conservatism, both in matters of faith and of public life. I mention this, because I've decided to end our hosting of Maureen Mullarkey’s blog.Maureen has a sharp pen and pungent style. Her . . . . Continue Reading »

First Links — 9.28.15

Pope Francis Called For More Work From Priests, But 20% Of Parishes Don’t Even Have One
Leah Libresco, FiveThirtyEight

Liturgy, Grace, Marriage, and the New Danger of Schism
Cardinal Gerhard Müller, Rorate Caeli

What John Boehner Told Me the Night Before He Said He Was Quitting
Robert Costa, Washington Post

Shakespeare's London: Where All the World Really Was a Stage
Sam Leith, Spectator

The Men Saving Syria’s Treasures from Isis
Jeremy Bowen, New Statesman

Pope Francis at Independence Hall

Despite Francis’s universally warm reception, there was a cold war waged on the steps of Independence Hall between two Philadelphia dignitaries offering introductory speeches before the Pope’s address.

First Links — 9.25.15

Embracing Our Limits: The Lessons of Laudato Si'
Rowan Williams, Commonweal

How Marcuse Made Today’s Students Less Tolerant Than Their Parents
April Kelly-Woessner, Heterodox Academy

Religious Freedom Message: Pope Makes Surprise Stop at Little Sisters of the Poor
Staff, National Catholic Register

Loving Radically—A Little Like the Celtic Saints
Heather Walker Peterson, Humane Pursuits

Two Monks Invent Religious Iconography
Mallory Ortberg, Toast